The Syrian army and its allies have attacked the border town of Albu Kamal, so-called Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Syria. They declared victory against the jihadists there last week, but militants then re-infiltrated the town, as well as some villages and desert areas nearby.
Albu Kamal shares a border crossing with Iraq and the loss of the control of the border was a major blow to the organisation which had long relied on the route to move its fighters and equipment.
Meanwhile a video on social media claims to show massive damage after the Syrian army backed by Russian jets carried out attacks on a besieged rebel-held enclave in Damascus.
The Syrian army stepped up bombardment in Eastern Ghouta this week after insurgents stormed an army base nearby.
In retaliatory attacks, aerial strikes and shelling killed at least eight civilians killed and wounded many more, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and residents.